Vacation trip to Lodi and Sonoma – Aug 2019 – Day 4

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1567022208503{margin-top: 300px !important;}”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”1000px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”600px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”700px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Day 4 . . . I was very excited for this day!!  We were visiting one of the more opulent looking wineries in Sonoma County and we were going to revisit one that we ran out of time when visiting 2 years ago.  Our agenda began with a trip a little north of our resort into Dry Creek Valley and the Ferrari Carano Winery.  This place is GORGEOUS!!  Between the gardens, the valley views and the chateau this is truly a spectacular location.  We unfortunately missed out on the winery tour, but our server graciously allowed us to sample whatever we wanted . . . and it was a magnificent experience.

Ferrari Carano Winery

2018Gewurztraminer – Beautiful floral nose with citrus notes . . .crisp acidity with flavors of green apple.

2017 Tre Terre Chardonnay – Aromas of toast and vanilla . . .a bit like graham crackers and marshmallows . . .great viscosity and structure . . .lovely light citrus ans vanilla flavors.

2018 Pinot Grigio – Aromas and flavors of nectarine and grapefruit . . . once a gain great viscosity and a nice lingering finish.

2018 Dry Sangiovese Rose’ – Bright cherry and stone fruit on the nose . . .more like strawberry and cranberry in flavor . . .great texture and a lasting finish.

2018 Fume’ Blanc – Made with sauvignon blanc grapes . . .Aromas of floral and citrus with notes of grass . . .solid texture and a full flavorful finish . . .Teresa really liked this one.  Going home.

2018 Viognier – Robust nose of diverse herbal aromas . .tough for this rookie to describe . . Great mid palate texture. .  .Flavors were more pineapple and stone fruit. . .truly delicious.

2016 Pinot Noir – Traditional plum and dark cherry nose . . medium body with great texture and flavors.

2017 Lazy Days Pinot Noir – Nose is a bit brighter than the previous pinot . . .flavors and structures are very similar.  Both are quite nice.

2016 SiennaRed blend of Sangiovese, Cab Sauv, Malbec, & Petite Sirah . . To me, a perfect blend.  Dark berries and chocolate greet the nose and the palate.  Silky smooth structure . . the flavors co-mingled expertly.  We made an exception and are buying a magnum of this one.  More to share with friends . . I will have to get more . . .My fave of this stop.

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon – blended with a small amount of Petite Sirah . . .Big aromas of dark fruit . . .very solid texture . .drying tannins on the back. . .very traditional take on a Cab Sauv.

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – 100% Cab . . .Big dark fruit aromas . . .silky but tannins are still pretty dominant . . .For those who like Cabs, this might be just what you are looking for. . .just not my thing.

2014TreSorBordeaux blend . . Big dark fruit once again  . . the mid structure is very nicely integrated and silky smooth. . . .Loads of fruit in the mid palate also.  . .More to my liking than the two previous Cabs.


What an awesome locations!!  We walked out with several bottles of great wine and visions of a place that will need to be revisited.  If you are in the area and enjoy great Italian influenced wines, you owe it to yourself to check these guys out.


A little further down the road we come to Truett-Hurst Winery.  This location was recommended by some fellow wine adventurers that we met while tasting in Eugene this past spring.  They had enjoyed their visit and hoped we could as well.

Truett Hurst Winery. . . The home of the Iconic Red Chairs

2018 Salmon Run Rose’ – Made from zinfandel . . .a bright floral nose . . .tight acidity and very light fruit on the palate.

2016 Swallowtail Chardonnay – Aromas of bread . . .great mid structure with very refreshing fruit flavors and a soft finish texture.

2017 Black Sheep Pinot Noir – Nice round fruit on the nose, elements of berries and cherry . . .satin mid . . .great texture and excellent fruit on the finish.

2017 Red Rooster Zinfandel – Made fro 67 yr old vines with 5% Syrah blended in – Bright red fruit aromas . . .soft texture . .spicy finish but smooth too.  Not exactly what I was looking for.

2016 Dragonfly Red Field Blend – 40% Zin, 40% Syrah and 20% Petite Sirah – Big dark fruit aromas . . .silky mid texture with solid structure . . heavy tannins on finish.

2016 GPS – Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah – Dark fruit and bramble on the nose . . .soft texture but leans quite tannic . . .A bit too much for my liking.


A bit of a swing and a miss for me . . .Several of their offerings were interesting, perhaps at another time I might feel differently, but right now these aren’t for me.  Moving on!


Our revisit was to Francis Ford Coppola Winery . . .a beautiful facility with swimming pool, museum, wine, food, beautiful grounds . .so many things to see and do.  I really felt a need to properly revisit their wines because on our last visit we arrived with only 20 mins before they closed the tasting room . . .Here we go!


Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Today, they were exclusively tasting the Director’s Cut series . . . a visit to their website will give you the breadth and height of their wine choosing . . .and they are many.  The Director’s Cut is, in my opinion, their mid range wines.

2018 Director’s Cut Sauvignon Blanc – Bright citrus aromas, I got lime and tangerine . . .nicely balanced acid . .a bit tart but very refreshing.

2017 Director’s Cut Pinot Noir– Russian River Valley – Bright red fruit, raspberry and bright cherry . . .light body . . beautiful mid palate . . fruit shows very nicely . . light acidity and tannins.

2016 Director’s Cut Technicolor – Dry Creek Valley – Blend of Malbec and Syrah . . .Juicy red and dark fruit . . . a full nose of delicious . . . the palate is wonderful as well.  This is what we took home last visit.

2016 Director’s Cut Cabernet Sauvignon – Luscious dark fruit . . .silky mid palate. . .med to heavy body and very well balanced.

Bonus pour. . cuz I asked nicely . . .

2018 Sofia Rose’ – Made from Grenache and Syrah – Bright strawberry aromas . . .light body . . .flavors are more subtle than the nose.  Just ok.


Overall Coppola wines are quite good . . . but I really wasn’t looking for what they were offering. . and their prices can be high on the better choices.

One more to go!


I was really wanting to finish the day with some sparkling wines.  Many of the area wineries make sparklings, but I had read about one that PRIMARILY made them.  So we had to check them out.


Breathless Wines

The story around this winery is pretty cool.  Three sisters who all love sparkling wine decide to start their own label.  They hire a renowned winemaker and the rest is. .as they say. . .history.

All of their sparkling wines are made in the traditional method -Méthode Champenoise.

Blanc de Noir – Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay – Very refreshing nose with a very solid texture and bright red fruit

Brut – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier – Very refreshing. . tart and crisp with a bit more citrus aromas and flavors . .and really tiny bubbles . . .My fave of these . . .

Brut Rose’ – Aromas of strawberry and peach . . .a bit more tart than the previous options.

Moscato – A bright floral and citrus nose . . .definitely more texture than the others previous . . .likely created by more sugar content.  This is definitely sweeter than all the others.  This one is Teresa’s fave.

We took home a bottle of the Brut.  All were great choices, but it came down to $$.


What a wonderfully diverse day.  To be able to sample so many different styles and grapes in a such a small areas of land, it’s truly a paradise for the wine lover.  No matter what you like, you CAN find it here in Sonoma County.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][dt_fancy_title title=”Photo Gallery” title_align=”left” title_size=”h3″ title_color=”accent”][vc_media_grid element_width=”2″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1568673603253-bbb8cd4a-4149-3″ include=”15722,15719,15720,15721,15679,15680,15687,15690,15699,15707″ css=”.vc_custom_1568673709760{margin-top: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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